Cilest is a combined oral contraceptive pill taken to prevent pregnancy. Cilest contraceptive pill contains two forms of female sex hormones: oestrogen and progestogen. These two hormones work to prevent an egg being released from the ovaries each month.
This medicine also makes the fluid in the cervix thicker, creating difficulty for the sperm to enter the womb.
Cilest is a 21-day contraceptive pill. A single pill is taken each day for 21 days, followed by a 7 day break.
If taken as instructed in the patient information leaflet, the benefits of taking Cilest include:
This contraceptive pill will work to prevent pregnancy, however it will not protect you against STI’s and STD’s; only condoms can do this.
Always take Cilest as prescribed by your doctor in order to prevent pregnancy.
Within a few days of taking the last pill from the strip, you should have a withdrawal bleed similar to a period. This bleed may not have completely finished by the time that you should begin your next strip of pills, however you should continue to take the first Cilest contraceptive pill from your next strip. As long as you have taken your pills correctly, you will always start each new strip on the same day of the week.
During your seven day break, you do not need to use extra contraception.
Each Cilest contraceptive pill contains 250 micrograms norgestimate and 35 micrograms ethinylestradiol. This medicine also contains the inactive ingredients: lactose (a type of sugar), magnesium stearate and pregelatinised starch, and a dye called FD&C blue No 2 (E132).
Each box of Cilest contains three or six strips, each containing 21 tablets. The tablets are round and blue, and engraved ‘C250’.
Before you start taking Cilest as your method of contraception, you should be fully aware of both the benefits and risks:
Although Cilest is suitable for most healthy women, it is not suitable for everyone.
You need to talk to your doctor if you have any of the illnesses or risk factors mentioned in the patient information leaflet. You must also tell your doctor or family planning nurse if you have any medical problems or illnesses.
Do not take the Cilest contraceptive pill if any of the following apply to you:
If you suffer from any of these, or get them for the first time while taking Cilest, contact your doctor.
If you ever need to take another medicine at the same time as taking Cilest, always tell your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare practitioner.
Some medicines can stop the contraceptive pill from working properly, for example:
Cilest can also affect other medicines, for example:
Cilest contains lactose so, if you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before you buy Cilest online.
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